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Larry D. Jones, MPH, Health Director (816) 325-7986
Michael Jackson, MPH, Assistant Health Director: Disease Prevention & Control (816) 325-7008
Andrew Warlen, MPH, Assistant Health Director: Environmental Public Health (816) 325-7765
Shawnna Jackson, RN, MSN, Manager: Maternal & Child Health (816) 325-7188


Independence Health Department
515 S. Liberty Street
Independence, MO 64050
Administrative Offices
Phone: (816) 325-7182
Fax: (816) 325-7098
Animal Control
Phone: (816) 325-7205
Code Compliance
Phone: (816) 325-7193
Disease Control & Prevention
Phone: (816) 325-7185
Food & Institution
Phone: (816) 325-7194

Board of Health

The Board of Health acts as an Advisory Board to the City Manager, Department of Health, and City Council on matters pertaining to public health. The Board also investigates and studies in the field of public health that, in its judgment, will be helpful in carrying out its general purposes. The Board consists of ten members who represent various professions directly concerned with general matters of health. Board members include four licensed medical practitioners at least two of whom must be physicians, one dentist, one veterinarian and four lay members.

Advisory Board of Health Members

Howard H. Braby, MD, Chair
Kathleen Bennett, RN
Billie Ray Preston
Rick Schrock, DVM
Allison Kisner
Ralph K. Ruckman, DDS, Vice Chair
Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, PhD, RN
Donald Potts, MD
Christopher Sullivan, MD
Jason White
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